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Adapted from the beloved R.L. Stine book series, Netflix’s Fear Street Part 1: 1994 immediately become a Top 3 most-viewed title on the platform upon its July 2nd, 2021 premiere. While the movie has drawn mixed reviews, one of the most celebrated aspects of the film is the complex set of characters, most of which come together in their small Ohio town to defeat the evil witch known as Sarah Fier.

As the ancient curse afflicts the dueling towns of Shadyside and Sunnyvale, the high school teenagers must overcome their differences and rid the evil for good. However, some characters are far more adept at doing so. While this movie will certainly have audiences on the edge of their seats, some have been contemplating which characters have made this movie iconic.

10 Nick Goode

Although he has more limited screen time than the others, Sunnyvale police officer Nick Goode (Ashley Zukerman) provides a refreshing dose of responsible adult supervision in the film. Without his legal pushback, the kids would have zero rules and laws to abide by.

Nick’s biggest moment comes in the end when he gives a heartfelt apology to Deena for not listening close enough to her in the beginning. By lending her a sympathetic ear in her biggest time of need, Nick is there for Deena in ways her own parents are not.

9 C. Berman

As the sole survivor with deep ties to the 1978 Camp Nightwing massacre (around which the plot of Fear Street Part 2 will revolve) C. Berman (Gillian Jacobs) looms like a specter over the events in 1994. Her character is instrumental in understanding how the two timelines relate.

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Moreover, the way the character captivates the audience with her creepy narration in a fiery cave of ritualized witchcraft provides one last hair-raising chill while simultaneously setting up the sequel.


8 Skull Mask

As the secondary villain in the film who conducts all of the grisly work, Skull Mask is one of the more memorable characters in the film. Despite being a clear Ghostface homage from Scream, Skull Mask exacts some of the gnarliest death scenes in any recent slasher film.

What elevates Skull Mask above a basic slasher villain is a late revelation in which he deceptively collects blood on behalf of the witch, Sarah Fier. The killer has a larger mission than collecting dead bodies, something slasher villains don’t often demonstrate.

7 Sarah Fier


As the scary central witchy villain out to torment the teens, Sarah Fier (Elizabeth Scopel) is easily one of the best characters in the film. Without her odious cursing of Shadyside in 1666, there would be no plot to speak of.

Sarah Fier has the almighty power to summon the killers from past massacres and command them to do their baleful bidding in the present. In addition to her ungodly power, what makes Sarah so strong is her ability to trick the kids in the end, possess Sam, and avoid death in the process. The scene where she attacks Simon in the street is one of the scariest in the film.

6 Martin


Martin (Darrell Britt-Gibson) is the hilarious janitor who witnesses the gory massacre at Shadyside Mall in the opening scene. While he has just a few scenes, he stands out because of his funny one-liners.

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When Sheriff Goode fails to believe Martin’s story, he makes one funny and impassioned plea after another. When the officer reminds him his name is Sheriff Goode, Martin returns with one of the best lines in the film: “more like Sheriff motherf*cking evil!”

5 Kate

As the class valedictorian and head cheerleader, who also sells drugs, Kate (Julia Rehwald) is a bit of a complicated character. Prior to her grisly demise, she wins the audience over by reciprocating Josh’s feelings for her and giving him a heartfelt kiss. Following her death, she is blamed along with Simon for the pharmacy raid.

What makes Kate so compelling is how she has a much different side than her public persona, which is often reinforced through her sassy one-liners, funny facial expressions, and witty quotes. Fortunately, Kate is set to return in both upcoming sequels.

4 Simon

Akin to the movie’s uproarious class clown, Simon (Fred Hechinger) is the wise-cracking party animal among the group of teens who knows how to have a good time. His hilarious quips and constant juvenilia helps to keep a smile plastered across the audience members’ faces.

For a horror story so dark and morbidly violent, the need for comic relief is an absolute must. Simon provides most of the laughs in the film, doing so at just the right time to offer a little levity in between the gory outbursts. Without Simon’s droll contributions, the film would be much too extreme for a teen horror film.

3 Samantha

Considering the sheer horror she endures in the film, Samantha (Olivia Scott Welch) is the single most sympathetic character in Fear Street Part 1. After touching Sarah Fier’s bones, Sam becomes the object of possession for the wicked witch.

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She experiences the most tragedy and violence in the film, which goes a long way in cheering for her safety. Beyond her endangered life, fans also enjoyed watching the romance between Sam and Deena develop too.

2 Deena

As the central female lead, it’s hard not to implicitly root for Josh’s older sister, Deena (Kiana Madeira). Not only is she smart, strong-willed, and independent, but she also doesn’t suffer fools easily. Deena is precocious and self-reliant in a way that makes her leadership earned.

By starting out as skeptical of the Fier Witch, Deena mirrors the audience’s lack of belief. As she slowly becomes a convert, so does the audience, which allows them to identify with her more and more as the movie unspools. Moreover, her touching relationship with Sam makes her ultimate safety a priority to root for.

1 Josh

As the sole unscathed survivor of the film, Josh is the best character in Fear Street Part 1. The inquisitive Sega-playing internet enthusiast who wears ’90s death-metal T-shirts is not only the most relatable of the lot, he’s also the most credible when it comes to the 1994 setting.

But the real reason Josh is the best is that, through his internet sleuthing, he’s the one who is able to link the murders in town to a massacre that took place in the 1970s. Without his keen detection skills, the others would have no idea how to save Sam’s life.

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